Google Pixel Stand: Charging dock could turn your phone into a smart display

Almost every detail about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has already leaked ahead of the anticipated October unveiling of the two handsets, but it looks like the search giant has another device up its sleeve: the Pixel Stand.

Google appears to be preparing to launch a new type of device called the Pixel Stand, a charging dock that will reportedly transform your phone into a Google Assistant-powered smart display, similar to the Google Home Hub.

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After doing some digging, app developer Kieron Quinn found out (via XDA Developers) what else the Pixel Stand will be useful for. According to Quinn, the accessory is designed to:

  • Display weather information
  • Set reminders
  • Set timers
  • Play games
  • Make phone calls
  • Read messages
  • Play music
  • Set alarms
  • Play news
  • “Explore what’s new”

An August leak revealed that Google’s next flagship will almost certainly feature wireless charging. However, a new leak from 9to5Google suggests the Pixel Stand will require a phone to be docked into it via USB-C.

A pair of short animations discovered within a beta version of the Google app hint that the Pixel Stand will have a circular base with a USB-C connection pointing upwards out of it. When you attach your phone to it, it appears your handset will both charge and go into smart display mode.

It essentially looks like a heavily simplified UI that lets you swipe for different features, like alarms, messages, calendar events and music.

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Image Credit: 9to5Google

google pixel stand leak

Image Credit: 9to5Google

To date, little else about the rumoured Pixel Stand has emerged − least of all its design and price − but the sheer number of Pixel 3 leaks we’ve seen over recent weeks gives us hope that the device won’t be shrouded in mystery for too much longer.

There is, of course, a chance that the Pixel Stand won’t make an appearance at Google’s upcoming launch event, but we’ll be slightly surprised if it didn’t.

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The follow-up to the Google Pixel 2 is expected to launch on October 4, with the XL version said to measure in at 6.7-inches, and the regular model rumoured to come in at 5.4-inches.

The super-size model is also expected to feature a screen notch, but this could be missing from the more generic-looking Pixel 3.

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